A walk through the streets of the village reveals the richness of its cultural heritage: winemakers’ houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, the city hall from the 17th century (classified as a historic monument), oil mill, wooden presses, fountain…
Mittelbergheim is a quaint little winemaker village, ranked as one of the most beautiful villages of France. You will find it in the heart of Alsace, on the Wine Road (Route des Vins), at equal distance from Strasbourg and Colmar.
In its vineyard setting, almost at the top of a hill, the village with its two bell towers and its old roofs offers the image of a remarkable site.
The wild tulip
A rarity grows in the vineyards around the village of Mittelbergheim and in particular in the Grand Cru Zotzenberg: the “tulipa sylvestris“.
This plant, which belongs to the lily family, is about 30 cm high and has a golden yellow flower of 3 to 5 cm. It usually blooms in April, hence its common name: “pre-Easter”. She is particularly fond of vineyards and clay or clay-loam soil.
Considered as the last tulip to be qualified as “common” in France, this plant has become very rare and is now protected. Picking of the flowers and uprooting of the bulb is prohibited.
the vineyard path
The Mittelbergheim wine path goes through the Zotzenberg. 17 signs along the way with a superb panorama of Mittelbergheim, the vineyard and the castle of Andlau.
The signs represent the 7 Alsatian grape varieties, the wild tulip, as well as the work of the winemaker in the form of cartoons: from the cultivation of the vine to the wine bottle.
Start of the path: Zotzenberg car park.